Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

5 Things To Do While Waiting For Therapy

You’ve been struggling with your mental health, it’s been hard, you finally gather the strength to take the incredibly brave step to ask for help only to be told it’s at least a 6 month wait for therapy. What a knock back this is. I find it unbelievably frustrating as a peer support worker, and… Continue reading 5 Things To Do While Waiting For Therapy

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

8 Tips For Creating A Relaxing & Positive Environment

Our environment can have an impact on how we feel. Think about the weather, when it’s sunny out, our mood can instantly lift. Clinical depression and other mood disorders need professional treatment, so just changing a few things around us won’t cure this. But while we are recovering, and to keep us feeling good day… Continue reading 8 Tips For Creating A Relaxing & Positive Environment

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Challenging Maternal OCD

I’ve written before about my own battle with Maternal OCD (which you can read here) it was something which escalated over time and affected how I lived my day to day life. I was diagnosed with “regular” (?!) OCD in my late teens, however by the time I fell pregnant it was largely under control… Continue reading Challenging Maternal OCD

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Dealing with Mother’s Day & Postnatal Depression

For many, Mother’s Day is a day filled with fun memories, thoughtful gestures and hopefully a lie in! However for some women, it can be a difficult day filled with anxiety and depression. Around 1 in 5 women will struggle with some form of perinatal mental illness. A large number of these women will see… Continue reading Dealing with Mother’s Day & Postnatal Depression

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Scared to leave the house – Agoraphobia a step by step guide to overcoming it

First things first, agoraphobia isn’t as easy as step by step guide and you’re well again. It takes time, it’s small steps, and it is challenging BUT you can overcome it, I promise. Please do see your own healthcare professional for advice and guidance if you are struggling. I developed agoraphobia after the birth of… Continue reading Scared to leave the house – Agoraphobia a step by step guide to overcoming it

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Dealing with Health Anxiety

Health Anxiety affects many people, and for many it can take over every waking thought. Here I share some tips on how to deal with health anxiety, and gain back some control.

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Our Cancer Story & Awareness, Our Support Groups, Postnatal Depression

Overcoming Self Doubt & Low Self Esteem – A Few Tips

Postnatal depression, anxiety and many other mental illnesses can cause our confidence to dip, or disappear all together. Even if you haven’t experienced a mental illness, sometimes the changes (physically and mentally) that occur when we have a baby can make us feel self conscious. We can also, sometimes, feel invisible once baby arrives. Many… Continue reading Overcoming Self Doubt & Low Self Esteem – A Few Tips

Anxiety & Panic, Our Support Groups, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

End Silence & Stigma – Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Course

Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Awareness course for health care professionals, and those who support families. November 3rd & 4th, Canvey Island, Essex. Ourselves here at Lotus Petal Family Support have teamed up with 'From My Womb To My Heart' to create a two day course focusing on Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health.… Continue reading End Silence & Stigma – Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Course

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Uncategorized

Why starting school is a big deal for Parents who had PND

When your child starts school it is a big deal, no matter how you easy/difficult you found their first few years. Here's why my eldest starting school last year was a huge deal for me as a mum who had a maternal mental illness. **Trigger Warning - Some talk of suicide and intrusive thoughts** Most… Continue reading Why starting school is a big deal for Parents who had PND

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

8 Tips on Dealing with anxiety during a stressful time

Everybody goes through stressful times, it's just part of life. But when you struggle with anxiety, stress can make the symptoms feel worse. Recently I've had quite a lot going on personally. We've had a run of unfortunate events, our miscarriage earlier in the year, I've struggled with my physical health, which thankfully has begun… Continue reading 8 Tips on Dealing with anxiety during a stressful time